Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Piraeus Bank, Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Federation of Industries of Greece and the Greek Exporters Association co organized an informative workshop titled: «Agrifood sector – Challenges and Prospects». The workshop took place on Wednesday April 10 2019 at the Conference Center of Piraeus Bank at Thessaloniki, Greece.
Speakers, from the academic, business and financial sector, recognized the need to improve the competitiveness of the Greek agrifood sector by introducing innovation and new technologies as well as leveraging existing scientific knowledge in agriculture.
Among the speakers was the Head of gaiasense and President of NEUROPUBLIC Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos who participated in the 4th Session of the Workshop titled “Education and Innovation“. Mr. Chatzipapadopoulos highlighted the paradox that smart farming is a term very frequently cited, but at the same time smart farming applications in productive farms, particularly in the countries of the European south, are still at a very low level.
As he said, the new Common Agricultural Policy proposes smart farming as a response to the dual target of economic efficiency and environmental performance, but its adoption in countries with small and fragmented parcels, as well as bad financial situation of producers, such as Greece, is obviously difficult.
The way in which the smart farming services of gaiasense are provided allows them to be accessible even by smallholder farmers, as it doesn’t require them to invest in expensive technological equipment nor to use complicated digital tools.
You can find more information about the Workshop in Issue 14 (PDF) of EPI GIS magazine.